August 22, 2018 – “For Your Eyes Only (Not the James Bond Film)”

Hello, everyone!

Despite the rainy weather, the future of the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection could not be any brighter! I accomplished the goal I set for myself since last week: the Correspondence Series has now been completely relabeled! But, there were some detours and hindrances along the way.

The first detour appeared just as I had set Box 67 down to resume relabeling its folders. Ms. Rubin asked a favor of me to insert a stack of paper slips into small folders with a “Top Secret” label sticker on the front of them. The slips had the following written on them:

Dear Knight,

A friend needs your help. You see, back in 1976 when UCF was known FTU there was an innovative student who discovered the secret of time travel. Unfortunately, a lot has changed since then and the landing was a little…rough.

Knowing this might happen, our intrepid time traveler left clues throughout the library with the key to returning to 1976. Can you help find them?

If you choose to accept this mission your first clue is this:

Richard Nixon gave the commencement address in 1973, our time traveler’s first year on campus. There is a DVD of that speech in the library, but we need the call number to find it. Look it up in the library’s catalog and make your way to its location (If you run into trouble the librarians at the Knowledge Commons desk to help).

*Hint – Where you are going requires stealth (actually, it requires that you be quiet but we implore you to be stealthy like ninjas!)

Obviously, these small folders are going to be used in the future for some sort of scavenger hunt. Perhaps, they will be used for Halloween? In any case, Ms. Rubin had instructed me to place the finished stacks on Mr. Ogreten’s desk as she was not going to be available for most of the day. At 9:30 AM, the deed was done.

After dealing with “the small favor,” my attention was refocused towards relabeling the folders in Box 67. Finishing Box 67 was not as difficult due to the progress made yesterday. Yet, a constant bother plagued the process throughout the day. That hindrance was the need to sharpen the pencils I had been using. The points of the pencils dulled surprisingly fast and soon some of the pencils themselves had reached the point where the pencil sharpener could not sharpen them anymore.

In spite of these hindrances, Box 67 was completed and Box 68 was finished with less than ten minutes left in my shift. Granted, I managed to find a mechanical pencil to finish relabeling the Correspondence Series as the pencils had been using were too were worn down to be used anymore. After editing the Excel spreadsheet to reflect the collection and placing Box 68 back with the rest of the collection, my shift came to an end.

In review, a small favor involving inserting slips into small folders was accomplished, the folders in Boxes 67 and 68 were relabeled, and the Correspondence Series was finally done. Tomorrow, Mr. Ogreten will certainly debrief myself and Courtney about any particular nuances he wants with the Multimedia Series before we resort it accordingly. Until then, enjoy the rest of the evening and stay safe! Bye!

Author: 57r3l574d

I am currently a Graduate Student at the University of Central Florida and simultaneously employed by the university library's Special Collections and University Archives as a Other Personnel Service (OPS) Student. Expected to graduate in 2019 with a History MA - Public History Track.

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